Things to Consider about Moving to an Island

I know some people who love winter just as much as the rest of us love the warmer months of the year, in which case for them the dream island destination could very well take the form of those research camps which are continuously manned by some people in places such as Antarctica. Each to their own, I guess, but what’s more common by way of people wanting to relocate for a complete change in lifestyle is the consideration of moving to a tropical island.

There is no doubt about the fact that you’ll definitely enjoy a much higher standard of living, more in line with the way Mother Nature intended it to be, even if you’re from a so-called first-world country and are moving to what will inevitably be classified as a developing or third-world country, if that country is an island. For example, why does the Caribbean island nation of Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) have a higher ratio of centenarians than a so-called first world country like England? It has a lot to do with the real meaning of what a high standard of living is…

So there’s something to Mother Nature’s full-on display of her beauty, with her palm trees and crystal clear waters to complement the lush vegetation which is often synonymous with a tropical or sub-tropical island. If you’re utterly convinced you’re going to make the move however, there are a few things to consider about permanently relocating to an island.

Life is slower

Be prepared to have to wait for some of the things you want and many of the things you need too. That’s just the way life is on an island – slower!

Inevitable connections with some or other mainland

Go to the likes of Mauritius as an island country to live out your life, or even just as a visiting guest and you’ll realise that most of the consumable goods they have for sale come from nearby mainland country, South Africa. The same applies to the likes of the Seychelles – some of the locals even jump on a plane to go and do some shopping in South Africa, which is indicative of the fact that there is an inevitable connection between your chosen island settlement destination and some mainland, continental country.

Keeping this in mind will do you a world of good, because then you can explore some income generation avenues with regards to imports and exports, but what it also means is that some services you can’t get on the island can be accessed on the most closely connected mainland country to that island. If I was based in the U.S. British Virgin Islands for example and I wanted the services of a top train accident lawyer, there is no way I would find such a specialist on the island itself, so I’d look as far as Manhattan perhaps and get in touch with Pottroff & Karlin to handle my case.

The cabin-fever will probably pass

If you find yourself questioning the decision you made based on feeling like you’re now living in a very small place, this so-called cabin fever will pass, especially when you start to realise that any place in the world is a mere flight away.